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Hi I'm Dave

I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. I'm a new dad and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of six children. I was born in the middle and because of that I often flew under the radar. I enjoy the outdoors, and am currently working with the scouting organization in my home ward. I also like sports, especially the psychological aspect behind them. I've been married now since last July and things are great. We just had our first child, a son. We named him after each of our maternal grandfathers. He's a sweet boy. I never did serve a mission, but we were married in the temple and are sealed forever. I attend post secondary studies on a part-time basis for the moment, and work a part-time sales position from home as well. The work is great, as it allows me to be home with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the covenant, or in other words, born a mormon. I believe that I was a sweet boy growing up, always striving to make peace and help others to be happy. I always tried to do good and be obedient. Throughout teenage years, I struggled with a certain temptation. It eventually lead to me "taking a break" from religion and sent me on a life journey. Regretfully, I missed out on some great oppurtunities, namely a mission. My life was standard, mediocre. I became complacent with myself and my situation. It was almost like there was an emptiness inside. Certain events led to my re-activation in the church. It started slowly, but as I worked to do the things that I was taught to do in my childhood I could see the light re-enter my life. The emptiness was no longer there. There was more purpose and I received more fulfillment from my achievements. The gospel enabled me to meet my wife. A beautiful and kind woman from the praries of Canada. She knew the value of hard work and continually striving to be better. Although life is a continuous struggle and uphill challenge, the gospel of Jesus Christ has always been that rock to which I can lean on. In the bad and in the good I know that the Saviour has and always will be there for me. I only have to let him in.

How I live my faith

As mentioned earlier, I work with the scouting organization within our ward. It requires weekly meetings, mentoring the youth and preparing practical and uplifting life lessons. I love it because it provides an oppurtunity for me to connect with the youth, while enjoying the outdoors and having fun. I have the priveledge to live in one of the most beautiful, diverse places on the Earth. It's amazing to see the care and precision taken during the creation of this world. My wife and I also have the special priveledge of teaching the Sunbeams in the Primary organization. These sweet little children are aged 3-4 and have the gentlest hearts imaginable. They love Jesus, hearing of Him, talking about Him. It's incredible the type of growth that has occured in the home to give these children the knowledge that they have about Him. I especially love our lessons. They are so pure and simple. Some of my favourite lesson themes include: "I am Thankful for Fish", "I can be Kind to Animals", "Families can be Together Forever", and "I am a Child of God." These simple but profound gospel principals are the foundation of these childrens testimonies.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

We know that the end of days is nearing. We have seen recent evidence of troubled times in Chile, Haiti, New Orleans, Afghanistan...etc. We do not know what is in store for tomorrow, but worst case scenario we want to be prepared. An emergency action plan is one way to not only be prepared, but to correlate with both the church members and the community. Many churches are prepared with equipment to help those in need of aid. What will we do if something happens? The more we have ready for ourselves, the more we will be able to help others. Self-reliance is also a fulfilling way to live life. My wife and I tend to multiple gardens, fruit trees, and soon chickens. Our backyard is a decent size, but we maximize the space while still enjoying recreational room. We bought a food dehydrator so that everything can be saved and we have also started canning. This has increased our food storage tremendously, and our reassurance that worst-case-scenario, we can be ready. Show more Show less